Man gets 25 years after striking then running from GSP

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By Patrick Yost editor

A man who attempted to impersonate a U.S. soldier while transporting narcotics was sentenced to 25 years last week, with 15 years to serve in prison. Adrian Anthony Johnson, 33, Ridgeland, S.C. pled guilty to one count possession fo methylone (molly), one count possession of marijuana, one count obstruction of an officer, two counts fleeing and attempting to elude and one count possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. According to Alison Burleson, assistant district attorney, Ocmulgee Judicial District, Johnson was stopped on December 20, 2012 by Georgia State Patrol TFC Matt Moorman for a traffic violation. Following the stop, Moorman noticed that Johnson was dressed in military fatigues but they were from an outdated uniform.

Johnson told Moorman he was traveling to Augusta to return to his military base. After Moorman ran Johnson’s license a warrant for his arrest on similar drug charges was returned from Bamberg, S.C. Moorman told Johnson he was going to have to arrest him and, Burleson said, Johnson then struck Moorman in the face. Moorman stumbled but did not fall and was able to kick Johnson in the groin before Johnson leapt back into his vehicle, was partially tased by Moorman, and fled. Johnson led Moorman and TFC Blake Swicord on a high–speed chase with speeds exceeding 130 mph westbound on Interstate 20 and, eventually, on U.S. 441.

Putnam County authorities deployed stop sticks on U.S. 441 near the Putnam County Technology Park and officers found seven pounds of marijuana and methylone in a duffle bag in Johnson’s possession. Fulton County authorities also executed a search warrant on Johnson’s Fulton County apartment and found drug related items, Burleson said. Johnson faces charges in Fulton County as well as federal charges stemming from alleged drug conspiracy in South Carolina.

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